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Amtrak’s emergency repair work at Penn Station July 10 – September 1 will cause some disruptions to Long Island Rail Road service. Here’s how you can keep yourself moving, all summer long. Be sure to sign up for MTA Alerts® to receive real-time service updates.

CHECK THE LIRR SCHEDULE CHANGES
MORNING RUSH HOUR:
Babylon Branch
  • An extra westbound early-morning train will depart from Freeport at 5:43 AM and arrive at Penn Station at 6:24 AM.
  • 5:56 AM train from Babylon, due at Penn at 6:59 AM, will be rerouted to Atlantic Terminal (arriving 6:59 AM).
  • 6:57 AM express from Freeport, due at Penn at 7:40 AM, will be rerouted to Atlantic Terminal (arriving 7:39 AM).
  • 6:56 AM express from Wantagh, due at Penn at 7:43 AM, will end its run at 7:23 AM at Jamaica, where customers can catch trains bound for Penn at 7:28 AM and 7:31 AM.
  • 7:29 AM express from Freeport, due at Penn at 8:13 AM, will be rerouted to Atlantic Terminal (arriving 8:08 AM).
  • 7:10 AM train from Babylon, normally due at Penn at 8:20 AM, will not operate. To accommodate customers, the LIRR will add stops to two trains. The 6:21 AM from Speonk, due Penn at 8:23 AM, will depart three minutes earlier and make added stops at Massapequa Park, Massapequa and Seaford very close to the schedule of the cancelled train. The 7:44 AM from Merrick, due at Penn Station at 8:31 AM, will originate at Babylon and stop at Lindenhurst, Copiague and Amityville.
  • 8:10 AM express from Freeport, normally due at Penn at 8:50 AM, will be rerouted to Atlantic Terminal (arriving 8:47 AM).
  • 8:25 AM train from Freeport, due at Penn Station at 9:08 AM, will be rerouted to Hunterspoint Avenue (arriving 9:04 AM).
  • Added Cars
  • 5:41 AM train from Babylon due Penn at 6:44 AM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 6:12 AM train from Babylon due Penn at 7:14 AM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 6:42 AM train from Babylon due Penn at 7:49 AM will have 4 extra cars.
  • 7:11 AM train from Massapequa Park due Penn at 8:08 AM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 7:44 AM train from Merrick due Penn at 8:31 AM will have 4 extra cars.
  • 7:45 AM train from Babylon due Penn at 8:56 AM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 8:35 AM train from Babylon due Penn at 9:37 AM will have 2 extra cars.
Far Rockaway Branch
  • 8:10 AM train from Far Rockaway, due at Penn at 9:05 AM, will end its run at Jamaica at 8:41 AM, where customers can catch Penn-bound trains at 8:49 AM and 8:52 AM.
Hempstead Branch
  • The westbound 3:59 AM train from Hempstead, due Jamaica at 4:28 AM, will not operate. Customers will be accommodated by bus.
  • An extra early-morning train will be provided, departing Hempstead at 5:33 AM and arriving at Atlantic Terminal at 6:23 AM.
  • 6:38 AM train from Hempstead, due at Penn at 7:34 AM, will make its last stop at Jamaica at 7:08 AM, where customers can catch Penn-bound trains at 7:18 AM and 7:23 AM.
  • 7:12 AM express from Hempstead, due at Penn at 8:03 AM, will end its run at Jamaica at 7:39 AM, where customers can catch Penn-bound trains at 7:45 AM and 7:53 AM.
Long Beach Branch
  • The westbound 3:58 AM train from Long Beach, due Atlantic Terminal at 4:48 AM, will not operate. Bus service will be provided.
  • An extra early-morning train will be provided, departing Long Beach at 4:58 AM and arriving at Atlantic Terminal at 6:00 AM.
  • The eastbound 5:28 AM train from Atlantic Terminal to Long Beach will not operate. Customers will be provided with substitute bus service.
  • 7:23 AM train from Long Beach, due at Penn at 8:22 AM, will be rerouted to Hunterspoint Avenue (arriving 8:13 AM).
  • Added Cars
  • 8:03 AM train from Long Beach due Penn at 8:54 AM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 8:08 AM train from Long Beach due Penn at 9:02 AM will have 2 extra cars.
Montauk Branch
  • The 6:21 AM train from Speonk will depart three minutes earlier at all stations Speonk through Babylon, and will add stops at Massapequa Park, Massapequa and Seaford. Its arrival times at Jamaica and Penn Station will remain unchanged at 8:01 AM and 8:23 AM, respectively.
Port Jefferson Branch
  • 6:25 AM train from Hicksville, due at Penn at 7:11 AM, will be rerouted to Atlantic Terminal (arriving 7:11 AM).
  • Added Cars
  • 5:27 AM train from Huntington due Penn at 6:35 AM will have 2 extra cars.
Port Washington Branch
  • An extra early-morning train will depart Port Washington at 5:22 AM and arrive at Penn Station at 6:03 AM.
  • 8:04 AM express from Great Neck, due at Penn Station at 8:38 AM, will not operate. As an alternative, customers may take the 8:24 AM from Great Neck, which will make added stops at Little Neck, Douglaston and Woodside, arriving Penn at 8:59 AM.
  • Added Cars
  • 5:36 AM train from Port Washington due Penn at 6:21 AM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 7:55 AM train from Little Neck due Penn at 8:26 AM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 8:24 AM train from Great Neck due Penn at 8:59 AM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 8:45 AM train from Port Washington due Penn at 9:20 AM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 8:58 AM train from Great Neck due Penn at 9:34 AM will have 2 extra cars.
Ronkonkoma Branch
  • An extra early-morning train will be provided, departing Farmingdale at 4:53 AM and arriving at Penn Station at 6:00 AM.
  • The 6:54 AM express from Central Islip, normally due into Penn Station at 8:06 AM, will end its run at Jamaica at 7:44 AM, where customers can catch Penn-bound trains departing at 7:53 AM and 8:01 AM.
  • Added Cars
  • 6:00 AM train from Farmingdale due Penn at 6:50 AM will have 2 extra cars.
West Hempstead Branch
  • 7:36 AM train from West Hempstead, due at Penn Station at 8:29 AM, will be rerouted to Hunterspoint Avenue (arriving at 8:22 AM).
EVENING RUSH HOUR:
Babylon Branch
  • 3:31 PM train from Penn is an extra train that will run express to Rockville Centre, then make all local stops to Babylon.
  • 4:57 PM train from Penn stopping at Merrick and all stops to Wantagh is cancelled. Customers can take the 5:03 PM train from Penn, with added stops at Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh.
  • 5:19 PM train from Penn stopping at Merrick and all stops to Wantagh is cancelled. Customers can take the 5:24 PM train from Penn, with added stops at Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh.
  • 5:40 PM train from Penn stopping at Merrick and all stops to Seaford is cancelled. Customers can take the 5:47 PM train from Penn, with added stops at Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh and Seaford.
  • 6:05 PM train from Penn stopping at Merrick and all stops to Wantagh is cancelled. Customers can take the 6:10 PM train from Penn, with added stops at Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh.
  • Added Cars
  • 3:34 PM train from Penn due Wantagh at 4:27 PM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 5:24 PM train from Penn due Freeport at 6:10 PM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 6:10 PM train from Penn due Freeport at 6:54 PM will have 4 extra cars.
  • 6:46 PM train from Penn due Babylon at 8:01 PM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 9:08 PM train from Penn due Babylon at 10:25 PM will have 2 extra cars.
Far Rockaway Branch
  • 4:43 PM train from Penn, due at Far Rockaway at 5:40 PM, will instead originate at Atlantic Terminal at 4:47 PM.
  • 5:32 PM train from Penn, due at Far Rockaway at 6:24 PM, will instead originate at Jamaica at 5:52 PM.
  • 6:02 PM train from Penn, due at Far Rockaway at 6:58 PM, will instead originate at Jamaica at 6:22 PM.
  • 5:53 PM westbound Off-Peak train from Far Rockaway, normally due into Penn Station at 6:47 PM, will be rerouted to Atlantic Terminal.
  • Extra Off-Peak train departing Penn Station at 8:25 PM and arriving Far Rockaway at 9:19 PM.
Hempstead Branch
  • 5:04 PM train from Penn, due at Hempstead at 5:57 PM, will instead originate at Jamaica at its usual time of 5:28 PM.
  • 5:38 PM train from Penn, due at Hempstead at 6:36 PM, will instead originate at Atlantic Terminal at 5:46 PM.
  • 6:39 PM train from Penn, due at Hempstead at 7:33 PM, will instead originate at Jamaica at its usual time of 7:03 PM.
  • 7:05 PM train from Penn, due at Hempstead at 7:56 PM, will instead originate at Atlantic Terminal at 7:09 PM.
  • Extra Peak train departing Penn Station at 7:18 PM and arriving Hempstead at 8:14 PM.
  • Added Cars
  • 4:32 PM train from Penn due Hempstead at 5:23 PM will have 2 extra cars.
Port Jefferson Branch
  • 5:06 PM train from Penn, stopping at Syosset and terminating at Huntington at 6:07 PM, is cancelled. Customers can take the 5:17 PM train from Penn, which will make all stops of the cancelled train.
  • Added Cars
  • 3:24 PM train from Penn due Huntington at 4:33 PM will have 2 extra cars.
Port Washington Branch
  • Extra Off-Peak train departing Penn Station at 3:40 PM, stopping at Woodside, then all stops to Great Neck, arriving at 4:15 PM.
  • 4:46 PM train from Penn, due at Great Neck at 5:23 PM, will instead originate at Hunterspoint Avenue at 4:49 PM.
  • 5:14 PM train from Penn, due at Great Neck at 5:45 PM, will instead originate at Hunterspoint Avenue at 5:17 PM.
  • 5:26 PM train from Penn, due at Port Washington at 6:04 PM, is cancelled. Customers can take the 5:29 PM train stopping at Manhasset, Plandome, Great Neck and Port Washington.
  • 5:50 PM train from Penn, due at Great Neck at 6:19 PM, is cancelled. Customers can take the 5:56 PM train, making the stops of the cancelled train.
  • 6:42 PM train from Penn, due at Great Neck at 7:17 PM, will instead originate at Hunterspoint Avenue at 6:45PM.
  • Added Cars
  • 4:22 PM train from Penn due Port Washington at 4:58 PM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 4:25 PM train from Penn due Great Neck at 5:02 PM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 5:29 PM train from Penn due Great Neck at 6:05 PM will have 2 extra cars.
  • 5:56 PM train from Penn due Great Neck at 6:31 PM will have 2 extra cars.

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Amtrak’s emergency repair work at Penn Station will cause some disruptions to LIRR service, so in response the MTA has developed a multi-pronged mitigation plan that includes:

BUS & FERRY NETWORKS, FREE SUBWAY CONNECTIONS, AND MORE

Subway Connection Options

LIRR customers who normally travel to Penn Station have many options to get to Manhattan, including seven ways to connect with the New York City Subway and one way to connect to the East River Ferry. To avoid Penn Station consider commuting via any of these convenient transfer points.

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  • Jamaica train-e train-j train-z
  • Hunterspoint Avenue train-7
  • Long Island City / East River Ferry

Details of Service at Subway Connections

Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn

Islanders and Nets fans know Atlantic Terminal as their home base for getting to games at Barclays Center, but you don’t have to be a sports fan to use this terminal. Atlantic Terminal is the historic origin of the Long Island Rail Road, and was serving as a Manhattan connection point long before Penn Station opened in 1910. The LIRR completely rebuilt this station’s main passenger concourse in 2010, opening up a two-story atrium filled with art and daylight. The station offers a direct connection to the train-2train-3train-4train-5train-dtrain-dtrain-ntrain-qtrain-r subway lines right inside the station complex. It’s just three stops to Lower Manhattan on the train-rtrain-r trains, four stops on the train-r or five stops on the train-rtrain-r . Including the time to make the transfer to the subway, the travel time from Atlantic Terminal to West 34th Street via the train-rtrain-r is 33-37 minutes longer than staying aboard an LIRR train, but the train-rtrain-rtrain-rtrain-r trains bypass the Financial District and travel directly to Chinatown, the Village and Midtown via the Manhattan Bridge.

Jamaica

Jamaica offers a direct connection to the train-e subway, the Queens Boulevard Express Subway, which offers continuing service to east and west midtown. The train-e train departs every three minutes during rush hours, so there is very little waiting for a train. Including the time to make the transfer to the subway, the travel time from Jamaica to West 34th Street via the train-e is 21-24 minutes longer than staying aboard an LIRR train. Travel time to 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue is shorter than that. Customers looking to travel to Lower Manhattan can change at Jamaica to the train-jtrain-z elevated line which runs local through Queens and Brooklyn. To find the subway from a westbound train, walk toward the rear of your platform, then follow the signage for a walk to the north side of the station. The subway is reachable via stairs from street level or from elevator via the AirTrain mezzanine.

Hunterspoint Avenue

Midtown Manhattan is just two stops away from Hunterspoint Avenue via the train-e subway, which stops at Grand Central, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, then Times Square before turning toward 34th Street-Hudson Yards. Reaching the train-e train from the LIRR platform is easy. Just go up the stairs to the street level and walk 280 feet west to the entrance to the train-e subway station.

The MTA is providing a ferry service to help commuters get to and from Manhattan for the duration of the track work from July 10 to at least September 1. The MTA ferry service will be free to all LIRR ticketholders. This service will connect from the Hunterspoint Avenue LIRR Station via shuttle bus to a dedicated ferry landing at Hunters Point South. All trains diverted to the Hunterspoint Avenue Station will have a direct shuttle bus connection to the ferry landing, where MTA’s ferries will make the five minute trip to East 34th Street. Additional ferry trips are planned to connect with select trains serving the Hunterspoint Avenue Station. A detailed schedule is under development.

 

Long Island City

The MTA is providing a ferry service to help commuters get to and from Manhattan for the duration of the track work from July 10 to at least September 1. The MTA ferry service will be free to all LIRR ticketholders. The Long Island City LIRR Station is approximately 1,250 feet from the MTA’s dedicated ferry landing at Hunters Point South, where MTA’s ferries will make the five minute trip to East 34th Street. A detailed schedule is under development.

READ THE FAQs
Why is LIRR service changing this summer?

MTA Long Island Rail Road weekday peak service will be modified from July 10 – September 1 because Amtrak, which owns and operates Penn Station, will be taking tracks out of service to make critical repairs.

Nearly 10,000 commuters will be inconvenienced by rush hour service disruptions this summer, including canceled trains, diversions to alternate locations and revised stopping patterns.

We have taken the following steps to assist impacted commuters:

  • LIRR is offering a special fare reduction of up to 25 percent off the normal ticket price for customers who avoid Penn Station by traveling to key transfer points at Atlantic Terminal, Hunterspoint Avenue and Long Island City.
  • To increase capacity, we are adding and lengthening trains on certain existing routes.
  • Alternative travel options for LIRR ticket holders, including free bus and ferry service and free subway transfers at key locations during the morning rush hour, are available to help impacted customers while also reducing crowded trains during peak hours and customer congestion in Penn Station.
When will the changes take effect and how long will they last?

The repair work is expected to impact weekday peak LIRR trains between Monday, July 10 and Friday, September 1.

The new summer schedule, which accounts for the modified peak service due to this reduction in Penn Station capacity, goes into effect on Monday, July 10.

How can I check whether the service changes impact my daily train?

The new summer schedule and details on branch-specific service changes are available here.

To get up-to-the minute updates on schedule and service changes, sign up for MTA eAlerts and text messages at www.mymtaalerts.com, follow @LIRR on Twitter, and/or download the LIRR’s Train Time® app.

 

What alternative options is the LIRR offering to make up for the modified schedule?

To increase capacity, we are adding and lengthening trains on certain existing routes.

We are also offering alternative transportation to LIRR ticket holders including:

  • Free bus service,
  • Free ferry service, and
  • Free morning rush hour subway transfer at key locations.

Additional details on all of these alternative options and route maps are available here.

 

Will there be a fare reduction due to the modified schedule?
  • We have introduced a special fare reduction—an average of 25 percent off the normal fare—for customers who avoid Penn Station by traveling to key transfer points at Atlantic Terminal, Hunterspoint and Long Island City.
  • Customers can get a reduced fare by simply buying tickets to / from Atlantic Terminal, Hunterspoint or Long Island City.
  • The reduction will apply to anyone who buys Monthly, Weekly or Daily tickets in advance via MTA eTix, Mail&Ride, and Ticket Machines/Offices. Please be aware that the reduction will not apply to tickets bought onboard the train. Buy before boarding to obtain the best value.
  • Mail & Ride customers can return unused tickets to a ticket window agent or via the envelopes available at stations for a refund and purchase new discounted tickets at stations.
  • Station agents or LIRR representatives at 718-217-LIRR are available to answer additional questions.

 

Will there be a step-up fee to travel to/from Penn Station for passengers with discounted tickets from the fare reduction at key transfer points?

While Penn Station will remain in Fare Zone 1 for the summer, Atlantic Terminal, Hunterspoint Avenue, Long Island City, Nostrand Avenue and East New York stations are being reclassified as Fare Zone 3 for July and August. If you take advantage of the fare reductions offered at eligible stations, the expectation is that you will travel to and from the selected station.

If you present an LIRR ticket to/from Fare Zone 3 onboard a train to/from Penn Station (Fare Zone 1), you would be charged an Extension-of-Ride fee, equivalent to the cost of a one-way ticket from Jamaica to Penn Station – peak or off-peak, depending on time of day. The Extension-of-Ride fee costs the following:

  • Peak hours: $11.00* if purchased onboard; $10.25 if purchased before boarding at a ticket machine, staffed ticket window or via the MTA eTix app
  • Off-Peak hours: $8.00* if purchased onboard; $7.50 if purchased before boarding at a ticket machine, staffed ticket window or via the MTA eTix app

Note: tickets purchased onboard are rounded up to the nearest dollar.

Will these service changes impact off-peak and special event train schedules?

There is only a minor impact to off-peak and special event schedules.  A small number of off-peak trains will be adjusted to accommodate additions to peak and ‘shoulder peak’ service. Service to and from special events will continue to run during the work, though some schedules may be adjusted. See special timetables for complete details.

Will these repairs to Penn Station impact MTA Subway service?

No, Amtrak’s repairs will only impact commuter train tracks into Penn Station. Subway service will run as usual.

I have additional questions on the modified summer schedule. How can I get in touch with the LIRR?

We want to make this transition as smooth as possible for customers and welcome any other questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to reach out to us through our website or by calling 511 or 718-217-LIRR (718-217-5477)); follow the prompts and say “Representative” and a customer service specialist will assist you.

 

For an expanded map showing subway connection options, click here.

For an expanded map showing ferry connections, click here.

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